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Thursday, June 15, 2006

M-O-R-M-O-N M-O-U-S-E?

Somehow, Mickey Mouse's family tree found its way into an LDS database. (Here are his birth and marriage to Minnie in the IGI.)

While conducting an investigation into the extensive genealogical database operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, researcher Helen Radkey discovered records detailing the mouse’s family tree—complete with clearance for temple ordinances.
Fortunately, church authorities found a way to maintain some control—according to Radkey, after she made her discovery, they banned her Monday from the library. [Link]
(It should be noted, and wasn't in the cited article, that Radkey has had run-ins with the Church before.)

Margaret Harris

Key to the religious beliefs of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the principle of individual freedom (agency). "God will force no man [or woman] to heaven"; neither will He force anyone to become a member of the "Mormon" church. Not here on earth, not in the hereafter. Human beings are fallible, but you can trust that God does keep His word.

The question arises, "Who owns the past?" Who owns the information of deceased persons? In a hundred years, who will be looking over your ancestral shoulder at your "private" information?
Who speaks for the dead? If one of my descendents performs a proxy ordinance on my behalf in the Church of the One-Eyed Hare, how does that affect me? Or my well-being in the spirit world?

Interesting issues have arisen from the involvement of Mormons in the world of genealogy; only if you actually believe in the doctrine of eternity and eternal relationships, (the "forever" family), would you actually be impacted by who-does-what, for, and on behalf of others in the temples of the church.

Jason

To quote from the linked article:

“We aren’t doing this to Mormon-bash,” she said, adding that many write her off as a disgruntled, anti-LDS nut. “We feel very strongly that if a person is born a Jew, lives as a Jew and dies as a Jew, he or she should remain as a Jew.”

Now, unless you're a Mormon and believe what the church teaches, why would you believe that anything the LDS Church does with a name on a piece of paper could possibly have any effect on the deceased? Acting as if it is some great affront on the part of Jews seems to imply that they put more stock in Morman beliefs than their own.

Some writing my great grandfathers's name on a D&D character sheet and rolling 2D8 doesn't make him a 4th level paladin.

Chris

One might object that an ancestor's eternal peace shouldn't be disturbed by Mormon missionaries knocking at the door. But, in my experience, LDS proselytizers are well-mannered and never pushy, and even in the afterlife wouldn't be too much of a bother.

James

Personally I don't WANT to be baptized after I'm dead. What will I have to do to make sure this doesn't happen? I do not want my name to end up on church records, PERIOD!

This whole idea of baptizing for the dead is rediculous. Why does it need to be done here on earth? Why can't they baptize in heaven? Personally I think it's just the Mormon's way to push themselves into everyone else's lives.

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